Can A Sitting President Be Indicted?

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It’s hard to know how much longer Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling of American elections will continue.

But there have been some small signs that he’s nearing a conclusion, and that the President of the United States could be implicated.

Regardless of Mueller’s findings, there is a lingering question that has gone unanswered; if a sitting president is found to be responsible for criminal wrongdoing, can he be indicted?

What if the crimes suggest the sitting president ill-begot the presidency through illegal means? Could a president be indicted then?

Or is the power of the executive office so supreme that a sitting president cannot be indicted, but can still be impeached?

Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson pulls apart the legal question with Barbara McQuade, former U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Michigan and a University of Michigan lecturer, and Brian Kalt, a constitutional law expert at Michigan State University who has asked the scholarly question of whether a president can be prosecuted for many years.

To hear from McQuade and Kalt on Detroit Today, click on the audio player above.


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